Archive for September 2012

invoking God doesn’t help your case

September 9, 2012
A friend of 30 years asked me, “is the Democratic party representing people of faith?”
Rather than taking offense, because I know he meant none, this was my response.
I’m fairly sure there are many people of faith in Jehovah in both Rep & Dem parties, as well as in neither of those parties. I don’t spend any time thinking about that and I’m fine with separation of church and state continuing to be a distinctive feature of the USA.
LIke I said before, “4) If your opinion can’t stand on it’s on Grace & Sanity then invoking God doesn’t help your case”. Said a different way, when discussing faith I also would not spend part of that conversation asking who someone voted for in the last election. Said one more way, I’ve known lots of people with whom I share faith and absolutely do not share politics and vice versa.
Yes I care, but no I do not think either discussion is enhanced by mixing it with the other; which I also think is consistent with the intentions of our Constitutional Founders.

vote for President Obama, maybe

September 8, 2012

This post was inspided by a political conversation on the Facebook page of my friend Joe Few. If I could offer a direct link I would and encourage you to go read the conversation. It’s a far more sane and graceful discussion than I see most days on Facebook.

and now for my opinion:

1) Do I feel better-off than 4 years ago? No, but I didn’t expect to. Wars, fraud and living beyond our means for many years will take a very long time to correct if ever. Honestly I have my doubts because most of the people I see around me continue to live beyond their means.

Come on folks, this question is offensive and simple-minded.

In many ways I do of course feel better-off; less war, some fraud corrected, less fear of my government (VP Cheney frightened me), some hard work and some good fortune.

2) Money vs Social Grace; don’t ask me to pick ONE; not an option. Does anyone really think we can ask the poor to wait while we argue about the banks, government and ecconomy? Of course not. Of course I hate to see charitable resouces wasted or misused, but I still give and try to lend a hand.

3) If you want me to consider your opinion then show some respect; say President Obama (not Mr). If I need to explain this then please don’t leave a comment or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

4) If your opinion can’t stand on it’s on Grace & Sanity then invoking God doesn’t help your case (Just Sayin).

5) If you think I’m stupid for my opinions … well … YOU’RE STUPID! :-) Seriously all of my political positions are negotiable and adjustable. I love getting smarter so please feel free to offer me constuctive opinions and sources.

fyi: I am a loving lucky father and spouse and man of strong faith; neither of these are negotiable. I also am a proud voting citizen, work for a giant global corporation (sometimes evil, mostly not) and have been self employed many times.

At this time I plan to vote for President Obama again; still negotiable.